Friday, August 29, 2008

A delightful storm

This year, Mother Nature has been quite generous with precipitation... up until August. This month, the whole world simply dried up. I've been watering my baby Norway Spruce trees, as well as the lilac bush and the burning bush I recently bought. No worries about grass; we haven't planted any back here yet. Oh, there's the clover/orchard grass mix that was here when this was a pasture, but with all the traffic that's involved with building and moving, that's pretty well shot.

Yesterday all day long, the weather-guessers excitedly blathered on about possible heavy storms. When we're going through a dry spell, I tend to block all that out, because I just don't believe the forecasts.

Along toward evening, though, distant thunder grew closer and raindrops started falling. My dog, scared of storms, cowered behind my chair, and I settled in to enjoy the storm. Then the electricity went out. Now let's face it, there isn't much you can do in such a case to keep yourself busy. At my house, you can't even flush the bathroom stool more than once, because we're on a well, and an electric pump brings water to the house.

I remembered my Blackout Buddy, which supplies me with light and a radio in such emergencies. Trouble is, I never listen to the radio, and couldn't find a station I liked. I remembered Cliff talking about a show he listens to at work on his MP3 player: Delilah. But I didn't know what station to look for; so I called him on the cell phone, at work, to see where it's found on the dial. Turns out it was KUDL, a soft-rock station.

I don't know when I've enjoyed a storm so much. Just me and my frightened dog in the safe cocoon of home which has, of late, become my favorite place to be.

The power was out for an unusually long time, and I went to bed sometime after nine, still with no lights.

We got three quarters of an inch of much-needed rain.


Joyful Days said...

We had lights but a lot of hail. My youngest son and my son hate storms. It was quite a show!

Muhd Imran said...

Strangely, we seem to have some kind of monsoon rain earlier than expected for the past few weeks.

Bad thing about it is that it spoils any outdoor plans, but the good thing is that night thunderstorms are just heavenly to sleep through the night.

Rain makes the air cleaner and the plants and grass greener.

loopymamain06 said...

your story reminded me of one winter storm when the twins were small, i lit oil lamps & started a fire in the fireplace and we roasted marshmallows, and hot dogs.
thanks donna

Spyder said...

Our Great Dane is afraid of storm too! Just before 4th of July I bought "Rescue Remedy" at Wild Oats. 4 drops on a small treat of some kind (bread) and it helps knock the edge off. It doesn't knock her out, just mellows her a bit.